The non-university teaching staff de las Islas asks the regional and central government for a reduction of two teaching hours in their current working day. This was stated yesterday by the different union organizations of teaching bodies of the Archipelago. With this initiative, the group of Secondary, Vocational Training and Art Schools aims to recover the next academic year 18 hours schedule that had stipulated before the approval of Royal Decree-Law 14/2012 – issued by the Executive of Mariano Rajoy, in the context of economic crisis – and that involved an increase to 20 hours. For its part, Infantil y Primaria defends the right to assume 23 hours – instead of the current 25 – as supported by the recent approval of Law 4/2019 on Improvement of the Conditions for the Performance of Teaching and Teaching not University
"We have been trying for years to recover the school schedule that we had before the crisis, with the purpose of improving the quality of teaching and our working conditions.We have to take into account that the increase of these two hours in Secondary School implied a reduction of 10% of the staff in these educational stages, "said Emilio Armas, representative of the unions of the educational sector in the Archipelago, and member of the Teachers Union of the Canary Islands (STEC).
Law 4/2019 highlighted the recommendations offered "with ordinary character" to public administrations with educational competencies. "The regulations set in a maximum of 23 hours the teaching day in the lessons of Infant and Primary, and a maximum of 18 for the rest of non-university education," he noted. A novel aspect for the first educational levels, taking into account that "they have always had 25 teaching hours established".
However, as the trade union representative explained, "it is up to each autonomous community to undertake these measures, because there is no longer any legal limitation on the part of the State." Following this line, he recalled that, during this year, the General Budgets of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands collected "the return to 18 hours", with the condition that the State Government allow the Islands to use the surplus of previous years " to raise the ceiling of expenses by means of an extraordinary credit ".
However, Armas regretted that this measure could not be effective because the central government has not allowed it. "He has not contributed any extraordinary budget to make this possible," he said. A fact that also criticized the regional government, adding that "has not offered solutions to this problem."
For this reason, and bearing in mind that within the next month the planning of the next academic year will begin, the group asks celerity to both governments to offer a response in benefit of the educational community. "We are being hostages of a dispute between two governments that are not able to provide economic solutions so that the working conditions of teachers and the quality of education recover," said the spokesman.
The truth is that the trade union action unit sent three letters to the beginning of March Government of the Canary Islands, the Ministry of Education, and the Delegation of the regional government. "But they have not given us answers, and time is still happening," Armas insisted.
In fact, with the aim of "exerting pressure", the group has announced that tomorrow, at 12.30, it will hold two meetings in the territorial directorates of Education of the two Canary provinces. In addition, the trade union groups will also be present on Friday at the same time outside the Autonomous Government Delegation in the capital of Gran Canaria, and in the Sub-delegation of the same organ in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.